All the kids are still in bed this morning, save two. Emma, whom I just delivered to catch the bus for her first Jr. High Cross Country meet and Anne, who's moving furniture as I type. I'll be brief.
I just wanted to try to spill out quickly how proud I am of Emma and her efforts/hard work these last months. She's literally run the souls off of a pair of running shoes since June. All this training...distance running, sprints, core exercises, and stuff I don't even know... boiling down to a two mile race on a foreign course against girls who want to win it just as much as the next one. She was frustrated to wake up with a runny nose/sore throat...variables she couldn't have factored into her training regimine. Life does that, doesn't it. We can do all the right things, but in the end most of it's out of our control so we just do our best.
Her team "locker buddy" left her a note of inspiration yesterday...typical for their age group..."Go get 'em! You can do it" stuff. But at the end of her note she added, "When you start your race......GIVE IT ALL TO GOD!" How cool is that. You can run all the miles in the world, eat all the right foods, hydrate all you want...but it is God who gives us strength and truly nourishes. All glory to Him, our living bread.
With friends/teammates like that, I think she's already won.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set out before us Hebrews 12:1
Go get 'em Emma!!
(she doesn't actually run till closer to noon, so we'll be loading up the fan club and heading out to cheer her on later this morning. This is new to us as well, our first of many more meets to come. I don't think we'll paint our faces for the first one...maybe lay low and feel the vibe.)